Types of Tender Ferns

Most tender ferns can be grown outdoors in sheltered, mild-climate gardens. In colder regions, they should be moved indoors to protect foliage.

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Common Staghorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum; Long, arching, lobe-shaped, antlerlike fronds give this fern its common name. H 3 ft (1 m); S 3 ft (1 m).

Sword Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata; Tufted, evergreen or semievergreen fern with long, widely arching fronds. H to 7 ft (2 m); S to 7 ft (2 m).

Cretan brake

Pteris cretica var. albolineata; Evergreen fern with attractive, variegated fronds that have white central bands on each individual pinna. H 18 in (45 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).

Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum raddianum ‘Gracillimum’; Extremely delicate fern with finely divided, almost cloudlike fronds. Needs warmth and humidity. H to 32 in (80 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).

Foxtail Fern

Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’; Erect, foxtail-like fronds of dense, feathery stems, 2–16 in (30–40 cm) long. H to 3 ft (1 m); S 20 in (50 cm).

Hard Fern

Blechnum gibbum; Tall, evergreen fern with long, straight, deeply divided, bright green fronds that spring up from a trunklike rhizome. H to 36 in (90 cm); S to 36 in (90 cm).

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